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#1 manash das

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Posted 30 November 2005 - 09:42 PM

Hello everyone,

I was wondering if anyone had experience in side mounting an ARRI III. I'm shooting a music video this weekend and wanted to compose vertically. Will a dutch head go 90 degrees to allow me to do this? Is there some other head or mounting bracket I should use instead? Also, will the movement even work properly if run sideways like this all day-- or will it jam? I'd appreciate any help. Thanks!

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#2 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 01 December 2005 - 01:58 AM

My first thought would be to use a dolly and use some of the low mode attachments to make it work for what you want. I think a fisher 10 or 11 will work for you.
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Posted 01 December 2005 - 09:03 AM

you can get a cheeseplate that has a 90 degree angle in it

I got one from film tools for about $50

thanks

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#4 Dickson Sorensen

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Posted 01 December 2005 - 12:52 PM

Hello everyone,

Also, will the movement even work properly if run sideways like this all day-- or will it jam? I'd appreciate any help. Thanks!

-manash das


I have run Arri III's sidways, upside down and never had a problem. Make sure the tension is set correct on the mag however or the assistant may have a problem with that.
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#5 Rob van Gelder

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Posted 06 December 2005 - 09:22 PM

Arri 3´s will do this without much problem, if there are any problems then it might be in the magazines.
Therefore it is better to angle them to the right, so the film lies on the guiding rods inside the magazine as you would load it.
If you angle the camera to the left (eyepiece towards the ground) the filmroll MIGHT start to scrape against the magazine cover due to its weight , and that will be worse towards the end of the roll.

I would not recommend this with a sync-sound camera, as most of the movements are suspended in rubber and when they are radically off there normal position there might be a shift in focal flange dept and you might get out of focus images.

Also, I remember a case where the put the Arricam magazine in 90 degrees looking down and then it was scratching the film because the inside of a magazine is in rubber too and it was just too much to clear the film channel.
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